The Indian Premier League is set to enter its 11th edition in the year 2018 and it will begin with a new advancement this time. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) in the prestigious tournament from this year.
It has been a much-talked-about feature in the game in the last decade. BCCI was against its use in the initial days and did not allow it to be used in any of the matches that India played except in the ICC tournaments. But recently there have been a few amendments in the DRS methodology and the advancement in the technology has made it more reliable.
Since the last couple of years, the Indian Board has opted to use it for all the bilateral series across all formats. DRS wasn’t a part of international T20s but last year, ICC introduced it for the shortest format of the game as well. Recently, it was used in the Pakistan Super League and it will make its debut appearance in IPL as well.
A top BCCI official confirmed the news of DRS as per Indian Express. “The BCCI was keen to have DRS on board for quite some time but it was only this year we felt we should go ahead with it for the IPL. We have the best of all other systems in place, so why not DRS? Anyway, we have been using it for India’s international matches for over a year and a half now,” he said.
BCCI has also shortlisted 10 domestic umpires for a session on DRS in Vizag. Denis Burns, the ICC Umpires’ coach, and Paul Reiffel have trained the 10 umpires about the available technology. It is going to help a great deal as the level of umpiring will go up a notch that will make IPL even better.